Does Any Hope Exist for the Opposition. By Ucheka Anofienem


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Ucheka Anofienem

When you gauge the opinion of those who sound like they hate Buhari’s government and want something new by all means, you find they really have no plans to achieve such feat! 

You can be eloquent in spewing distaste for the president and his style of leadership, but what next after that? Unless you are contented at voicing frustrations, anger and vituperation, but I don’t see how much problem that solves in quest to see another government take over from APC come 2019.

As at now (except a magical wand will do some miracles) the opposition have nothing credible in view to serve as believable possibility of dislodging the ruling party. How do you claim a government has failed, and your alternative for replacing that government are known and proven thieves, or disgruntles old faces seeking relevance. Who among the folks in the political terrain actually look like they can deliver the Nigeria of your dream? It is disgusting how much people prefer corrupt elements to return to power. I think we deserve something purer!

The impotence of the opposition strategies are the biggest strength of the ruling party. Atiku’s decamp to PDP failed to create any impact, and I believe the man will be chewing his lips at the humiliating dummy sold to him. It’s obvious the “owners” of PDP have already dumped him into their cold ash bin. Or have you met anyone excited at the likelihood of Atiku’s presidency recently? None that I know of.

It was Obasanjo that make matters worse. He raised euphoria and applause with his biting and well-catalogued criticism of President Buhari’s failures. He struck the right cords, and his message resonated mightily with the populace. He boldly said on the roof tops what was mumbled in whispers. His analysis of President Buhari’s misdeeds were well articulated and on point. His bravery gave voice and hope to those who feel his weight of influence will galvanize a powerful revolution that will dust APC into the rubbish can.

Unfortunately, Obasanjo’s Coalition membership when unveiled produced hisses and repulsive disappointment from those who thought he will be able to throw up men with characters the masses can believe in and ready to follow. Faces of Oyilola, Ahmadu Ali and bunch of frustrated ex-PDP members failed to ignite confidence among those that projected he has something novel from his native intelligence.

The long expected Third Force has woefully failed to fly. The antics massively tainted Obasanjo’s credibility and awakened bitter sentiments among his traducers who found new bashing opportunities to recall his transgressions, and wished he could leave Nigeria alone.

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Tell me please, were you impressed at the personalities coordinating his Coalition for New Nigeria? No serving governors, no political heavy weight in their fold. Who then is their centre force since Obasanjo is not interested in party politics and had promised to withdraw if it metamorphosed into election-sponsoring political party. That does not sound convincing.

Which other hope do those wishing to see President Buhari back to Daura have? The Nigeria Intervention Movement. I have taken a look at the list of those that shown their faces or linked with the group, but I can’t find a single individual there that is a political crowd puller. No, not one! There is nobody there with the kind of oratory or charisma that can rouse a crowd to frenzy and you wish the presidential election can hold the next day. Even the organizers cannot do their homework well. Most of the names they peddled expressed embarrassment, publicly denied and distanced themselves from the group. That’s a morale deflation for them and defeat to those waiting in the flanks to key in. Poor job!

It was a gale of a season to pull Buhari down at all cost, and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida also came out unwell to tender his own version of criticism of Buhari’s government. A scheme that was swallowed by cowardly controversy that followed. The mess his denial of his media aide statement created made nonsense of any intended effect. The point being made is that the opposition is in disarray, and have nothing intelligent on ground as capable of harvesting the perceived public grievance against the government due to the hardship the people face.

Not that Nigerians will not like to vote out APC (at least, a minority of them will), but it doesn’t look like anybody is capable of doing that. The messengers of this initiative are the ‘wrongest’ brand to propagate a new Nigeria. Babangida does not inspire hope any longer, Obasanjo is over stretching his face value, and things about him now evokes annoyance rather than approval. And unfortunately the best heads usually have no caps. Prof. Pat Utomi could make a better president than President Mohammadu Buhari, but it takes more than being a first-rate economist to rule a nation. You need to win votes across the states, and he lacks that capacity.

There are many calculations that will work in favor of APC, and this is it: should another northerner wins the presidential election, that means leadership cannot shift to the south until the next ten years. That’s not what most Buhari haters desire. If you are pissed off at the arrogance the northern elements, if you are repulsed at whatever secret plans the Fulani herdsmen may have by eagerly penetrating every corner of the country, if you feel bad that most top security chiefs and key plum jobs in the government are given to Buhari’s kinsmen,  if you feel Buhari being a Fulani is reluctant to punish his people that are brazenly killing and proudly spilling innocent blood across the nation, then it is better to tolerate Buhari for another four years so you can take a break at what may be horrifying for you.

Even the Igbo brethren who seem not to fancy the president have the thinking that it is better for them to support Buhari to have his second term, as that remains their surest bet at smelling the presidency come 2023. The Ibos do not understand politics and are sure to trade away any possibility of scheming to rule this country. They lack leaders, do not recognize leadership, and by their own hands they will sabotage any plan to bring them to relevance in national politics. If reason prevails, the south easterners may give their vote to Buhari, even if it will be bitter for them to do this.

The only option that can make the context open is to pray President Buhari declines to run. But to believe that PDP has any surprise in the offing is doubtful. If you have ideas that can work please send to them. If you have propaganda stratagem that can work better than Lai Mohammed’s 2015 subterfuge please rush it to PDP. The opposition make their readers and followers feel like perpetually complaining orphans.

Ucheka Anofienem is a business and creative idea strategist.



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